MIT MUSEUM PRESS RELEASE Date: April 17, 2006 Contact: Josie Patterson (617) 253-4422 email@example.com Lunchtime Talk – Object Lessons With Deborah Douglas Curator of Science and Technology Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Noon – 1:00 pm MIT Museum 265 Massachusetts Ave, Bldg. N52 Cambridge, MA 02139 Galton's Whistle and Other Amazing Physics Instruments Want to see a scientific instrument that is so rare that only a handful are know to exist? Last summer a researcher found a French-made version of Galton's whistle (a small whistle designed to produce tones at the highest frequencies audible to humans and animals) in a bucket of parts in the backrooms of MIT. Looking around some more, he discovered several rare scientific instruments used by MIT physics students to study acoustics during the 19th century. Now these instruments have been transferred to the MIT Museum, but you can see them first hand. Markos Hankin and the MIT Physics Demonstration Group will join Deborah Douglas, curator of science and technology to show you the Galton's whistle, tuning forks, organ pipes and other interesting pieces of equipment. Object Lessons takes unusual artifacts from the MIT Museum’s collections out of the back storeroom to reveal their stories. Presented by the museum’s curators--often in partnership with MIT faculty, students and researchers—Object Lessons takes place on the third Wednesday of the month at noon during the academic year.
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